Fourth of July fireworks may be exciting for people, but the booming sounds and flashing lights can be terrifying for our pets. The experience can be so frightening that pets may become lost after fleeing from otherwise familiar people and environments.
- Keep your pet safely away from fireworks. Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. If you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.
- If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help. There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. The Humane Society also offers suggestions for helping your dog cope with loud noises.
- Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities. Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke.
- Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag. All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through windows or door screens. You should also ensure that your pet is microchipped and that the chip is properly registered with your current contact information.
If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately. If you find a lost pet, either take them to the address on their tag or bring them to a local animal shelter so they can be reunited with their family.